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Google Assistant could learn a thing or two from Bixby Voice

Bixby’s conversational, apologetic nature helps make it one of the more humanized digital assistants out there.

Bixby Voice still isn’t live yet, even as Samsung as made plans to launch more products with it in the future. The service has officially missed its originally projected launch window, and it looks like it won’t be ready until after the Galaxy Note 8. At present, all we have to pull from is a limited preview, which I’ve been using  [Read More…]

Xiaomi ships 23.16 million smartphones in Q2 2017, an uptick of 70% from Q1

Xiaomi sees record shipments in Q2 2017 as YoY revenues from India climb 328%.

Xiaomi announced that it shipped 23.16 million smartphones in Q2 2017, making it the best quarter ever for the Chinese company. The company faced a slowdown in sales last year over supply constraints, with CEO Lei Jun announcing a series of broad changes at the end of last year. It looks like the “recalibration” has worked, as Xiaomi noted a 70% uptick in sales from  [Read More…]

How to stop Facebook and Instagram notifications from driving you crazy

Before you delete Facebook for being annoying, take a dive into the notification settings.

Quick story time: A few weeks back I went camping out in the remote wilderness for the weekend. We were well out of my carrier’s range and so I was unable to check on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for three whole days. When I got back into range of a cell tower, my phone exploded with notifications as expected.

I don’t care that  [Read More…]

Order pizza from Donatos and get a free Samsung smartphone (Bigfoot certified promo)

Ever wanted to order pizza and receive a smartphone (alongside your pizza, naturally)? Well, now you can. To celebrate the launch of their new Android mobile app, Donatos Pizza is now offering free Android smartphones with the purchase of …you guessed it, pizza! All you need to do is place an order for pizza. When […]

From the Editor’s Desk: Coffee

Whether it’s good or bad, it’s all good.

I love good coffee, the kind that takes five minutes to brew with a precise pour over and a steady hand. I love it when the beans are ground so fine, and so fresh, they’re basically illegal. I love the ritual of preparation. It’s a peaceful, focused time.

I love bad coffee, the kind that you buy in drive-thrus and rest stops, the kind you gulp down so fast it burns  [Read More…]

Project Fi to soon support new ‘mid-tier’ phone from a Google partner

We could see an expansion of device compatibility on Project Fi soon.

One of the only big frustrations with Project Fi is its limited device selection, which requires that you purchase or bring your own Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6 to the service. And even though it kind of works in unlocked phones, Project Fi has never explicitly supported any other phones.

But then, there was this Twitter response to some complaints about not  [Read More…]

My favorite tech from the first half of 2017

As you might suspect, I love tech. Writing for a site based on technology affords me the opportunity to play with a bunch of cool accessories, phones, and toys that I otherwise wouldn’t even know existed. Here are some of the coolest tech gadgets that I’ve gotten to play around with in the first half […]

How to get the most from Amazon Alexa in Canada

“Alexa, play O, Canada!”

Amazon hasn’t officially brought its Echo speakers to Canada yet, but that hasn’t start eager early adopters from getting their hands on them. The good news is you can set it up to work in Canada, although it takes a bit of work to do so, including manually downloading the Alexa app and tweaking some settings in your Amazon account.

But once you’ve got things set up, you’ll be able to enjoy the  [Read More…]

Buy an LG G6 or LG V20 from T-Mobile and get a free LG MiniBeam Projector, B&O headset

Back in February, T-Mobile had a promotion running which offered a free LG MiniBeam Projector with the purchase of the LG V20 or LG G5. Well, a few months later a similar deal is once again available from the carrier. Buy an LG G6 or LG V20 and get an LG MiniBeam Projector and a […]

Google removes private medical records from search results

Personal medical records are supposed to stay between you and your doctor, but in a digital age that’s not always what happens.

Healthcare systems get hacked, insurance providers suffer massive data breaches, and clerical errors lead to medical records being put up online for the world to see, and more importantly search for. Keeping your medical records private is something protected by law in many parts of the world, including HIPAA privacy laws in the United States, so it  [Read More…]